The late Mickey Vernon, who passed away earlier this year, fell short in the veterans committee vote for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The committee elected just one player —a nine-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, second baseman Joe Gordon — in the vote that was just announced.
Gordon, who played second base for the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians from 1938-43 and 1946-50, received 10 of a possible 12 votes from the Veterans Committee members who voted on the pre-1943 ballot. That ballot featured players who began their big league careers before 1943. Vernon finished fourth in the voting, behind Gordon, Allie Reynolds and Wes Ferrell.
Here are the results released by Cooperstown: Gordon (10 votes, 83.3), Allie Reynolds (8, 66.7%), Wes Ferrell (6, 50.0%), Mickey Vernon (5, 41.7%), Deacon White (5, 41.7%), Bucky Walters (4, 33.3%), Sherry Magee (3, 25.0%), Bill Dahlen, Carl Mays and Vern Stephens: Each less than 3 votes.
Here is the committee for the pre-1943 ballot voting: Hall of Famers Bobby Doerr, Ralph Kiner, Phil Niekro, Robin Roberts, Duke Snider, Don Sutton and Dick Williams and historians Furman Bisher, Roland Hemond, Steve Hirdt, Bill Madden and Claire Smith.
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